UK music producer Dr Zeus, was embroiled in a very public spat over his 2018 hit Gwandian Da Dhol. A police head constable from a village near Jalandhar in Punjab, Amrik Singh Shera, claimed that the lyrics were originally wrote by him in the ’90s, for which he hadn’t been credited. A similar complaint by the former had surfaced in 2016 for Kala Chashma (Baar Baar Dekho) — in both instances, singer Amar Arshi’s name featured as the writer.
Dr Zeus has now cleared up the situation and says that he has made amends by not only crediting Amrik but also helping him join the IPRS (Intellectual Property Right Society). Over to him…
HAD THE PAPERWORK
The song originally released on my Kangana album (2008). I have the paperwork for the writer, who would have been paid along with the singer. At the time, the deal was done with a company in London that I was signed up with. They relinquished all the rights to me, which I have documents for. I’ve never been accused of such a thing ever in my career. I’d never make anyone spend the money on something that I do not have the paperwork to. I was unaware that Amrik Singh Shera penned the song because Amar Arshi claimed to be the lyricist.
I met Amrik recently. I have apologised to him for unknowingly using his lyrics and not crediting him. I gave him a little token because he didn’t want money. I’m also helping him join the IPRS to safeguard his rights and educate him about the royalty business. The money will go directly into his bank account every time the song is played. The credit has been changed on our platforms.
It was my mistake for not understanding that Amar Arshi has not written the song. Every artiste must get what’s due to them. I’m also collaborating with Amrik on more songs. When a song does well, I’m open to working with the collaborator again.